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  • Puttinu Cares celebrates with pigeons and bubbles instead of balloons

    The traditional mass release of balloons was missing for the first time ever at the inauguration of the recent 14th edition of the Puttinu Cares Football Marathon at the Marsa Sports Grounds. Following an appeal by several students from...

  • Walks programme ends in June

    Walks programme ends in June

    The Ramblers’ walks programme for 2017-2018 ends in June with five walks and a cultural visit during the month. It is already uncomfortable to walk in the sun, so two of the Sunday walks will start at 8.30am and the two Wednesday walks will begin...

  • Creating a buzz on World Bee Day

    Creating a buzz on World Bee Day

    The Malta Beekeepers Association, with Citadel Insurance’s support, is holding an exhibition at San Anton Gardens, Attard, today between 9am and 6pm to celebrate the first UN World Bee Day and to increase awareness about this tiny yet vital...

  • Mcast holds second energy conference

    The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (Mcast) recently held its second Energy Day Conference at the college’s Institute of Applied Sciences at its main campus in Paola. The conference has become an international event, with over 60...

  • Malta’s climate action ambassador calls for single ocean science body

    Malta’s climate action ambassador calls for single ocean science body

    Prof. Simone Borg, Malta’s Ambassador on Climate Action recently called for the setting up of a single scientific body for ocean science, similar to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on climate science. She said “it is crucial...

  • Innovative teaching about climate change

    Innovative teaching about climate change

    ­­­A group of six students studying at the University of Malta for degrees in Bachelor of Education in Science and Masters in Sustainable Development recently travelled to Olomouc in the Czech Republic to attend a series of lectures, seminars,...

  • EU bans bee-harming pesticides

    EU bans bee-harming pesticides

    EU governments recently passed a total ban on bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides on outdoor crops. This comprehensive neonicotinoid ban, covering all outdoor crops, is considered a tremendous victory for bees and the wider environment by NGOs...

  • Spectacular sinkhole opens up on New Zealand farm

    Spectacular sinkhole opens up on New Zealand farm

    A giant sinkhole that opened up on a farm in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty on Monday (April 30) has revealed a 60,000-year-old volcanic deposit, local media reported. Running along a fault line, the sinkhole opened after heavy rainfall in the area,...

  • Stop using plastics in 'functionless' ways

    Stop using plastics in 'functionless' ways

    Environmentalist Sir David Attenborough has called on people to cut down on plastic waste by stopping "functionless" uses of the material. The TV presenter's Blue Planet series has been credited with driving international action on plastics,...

  • Saving the Maltese character

    Saving the Maltese character

    May in Malta offers bright, sunny, warm, long days without the stifling heat of summer. Ramblers make the most of it knowing full well that long-range walking, as a pleasant and healthy pastime, will soon give way to a refreshing dip. The...

  • Spring of the Victoria Lines: appreciating its trails

    Spring of the Victoria Lines: appreciating its trails

    The ‘Spring of the Victoria Lines’ has started with a bang: On April 14 at Fort Madalena, l/o Swieqi, some 50 people attended a highly informative presentation by Judge Joe Galea Debono on the Lines and their role in Malta’s military history.

  • China environment ministry warns of 'stalemate' in war on smog

    China environment ministry warns of 'stalemate' in war on smog

    China's war on pollution is at risk of reaching a "stalemate", with poor weather conditions undermining the country's efforts to reduce smog, an environment ministry spokesman said on Thursday. Air pollution rose by more than a quarter in parts of...

  • Costa to recycle as many coffee cups as it sells by 2020

    Costa to recycle as many coffee cups as it sells by 2020

    The UK's largest coffee shop chain has pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020 in an effort to cut the number sent to landfill. Costa Coffee said it will recycle up to 500 million disposable coffee cups a year, including...

  • International seminar on marine intelligence in Malta

    International seminar on marine intelligence in Malta

    A range of marine data applications showcasing the result of marine intelligence will be presented by international speakers at a seminar in Malta on Wednesday. The seminar will kick off the Interreg V-A Italia-Malta Calypso South project, which...

  • Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste crisis, new study finds

    Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste crisis, new study finds

    A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and in some cases may even be fuelling it, according to pioneering new research. The study shows how annual per-capita use of plastic packaging has grown...

  • ‘Near zero’ carbon buildings

    ‘Near zero’ carbon buildings

    Technologies for reducing carbon emissions from buildings are advancing rapidly. Anne Zammit reports on a multi-nation ZeroCO2 initiative. A proposed action plan to promote zero carbon in the construction or renovation of buildings is under...

  • Identifying causes of stress in Maltese, Sicilian marine habitats

    Identifying causes of stress in Maltese, Sicilian marine habitats

    A new project has been launched aimed at identifying common causes of stress in priority marine habitats in Marine Protected Areas in Malta and Sicily. The 30-month project, entitled Harmony, will also aim to harmonise as much as possible ongoing...

  • Making food safe without using chemicals

    Making food safe without using chemicals

    A project coordinated by the University of Malta called Suit4food is teaching students how to use technologies such as high water pressure, cold atmospheric plasma, ultraviolet light and ultrasound instead of chemical treatments to make food safe,...

  • Mcast annual water conference

    Mcast annual water conference

    ‘The Science and Creativity in Water’ was the title of the 2018 edition of the Annual Water Conference organised by the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology’s Water Research and Training Centre. The conference, held recently at Mcast’s...

  • Celebrating the spring of the Victoria Lines

    Celebrating the spring of the Victoria Lines

    In their programme for spring, the Ramblers’ Association of Malta intends to celebrate the worthy initiative of the Friends of the Victoria Lines Trail. Their mission is to advance the existing yet forsaken trail along the Lines to the rank of a...